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Irma Vep (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 1997 (USA)
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A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

Director:

Olivier Assayas

Writer:

Olivier Assayas
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Cheung ... Maggie Cheung
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... René Vidal
Nathalie Richard ... Zoé
Antoine Basler Antoine Basler ... Journalist
Nathalie Boutefeu ... Laure
Alex Descas ... Desormeaux
Dominique Faysse Dominique Faysse ... Maïté
Arsinée Khanjian ... L'américaine
Bernard Nissile Bernard Nissile ... Markus
Olivier Torres Olivier Torres ... Ferdinand / Moreno
Bulle Ogier ... Mireille
Lou Castel ... José Mirano
Jacques Fieschi ... Roland
Estelle Larrivaz Estelle Larrivaz ... La standardiste
Balthazar Clémenti Balthazar Clémenti ... Robert, assistant
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Storyline

French filmmaker René Vidal was once a renowned director, but most see his career on a quick downward slide based on his last several films. In Paris, he is just starting to film his latest movie, a remake of Les vampires (1915), and has hired Hong Kong based Chinese actress Maggie Cheung as the title lead, "Irma Vep" (an anagram for "vampire"), despite she knowing no French and she not being an obvious choice to most. Maggie has never worked with Vidal before and knows little about his movies, but many of his primarily French crew are part of his regular stable. As such, Maggie may become isolated among the cast and crew, unless there are those who bring her into their English conversations, they who may have somewhat ulterior motives in doing so. There are also factions within the cast and crew, who, based on their history, have a poisoned sense of what is going on. With Vidal, he is dealing with some personal issues while he tries to regain his film making form. He may transfer his... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The idea for the film was born out of an attempted collaboration among Assayas, Claire Denis, and Atom Egoyan, who wanted to experiment with the situation of a foreigner in Paris. See more »

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When Jose drinks his beer at the restaurant, he finishes it off. But then in the next shot he refinishes the same beer before the waiter brings him a new one. See more »

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Features Classe de lutte (1969) See more »

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La era está pariendo un corazón
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Written by Silvio Rodríguez
Performed by Silvio Rodríguez
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Sexy, funny, smart, sad, EXCELLENT.
22 May 1999 | by Will-84See all my reviews

Unlike Scoopy, I say this movie is WELL worth the effort and time, especially if you're familiar with the French New Wave. Jean-Pierre Leaud, one of the biggest stars of the period (he was the little boy in Francois Truffaut's seminal "The 400 Blows" [no pun intended]) is hilarious as a caricature of Godard in particular and French filmmakers in general, and the rooftop interview with (the stunning) Maggie Cheung refers to both Godard's "Breathless" and, indirectly, Fellini's "8 1/2." Though it pokes good fun at the pretentiousness of the French New Wave, "Irma Vep" is also a tender elegy to a time in which movies were actually viewed as art, as something that really MATTERED. Add to the humor and intelligence some really witty direction, superstylish cinematography, and a slew of beautiful people, and you got yerself a postmodern masterpiece and just maybe one last, great film of the New Wave.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

30 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irma Vep See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,852, 4 May 1997

Gross USA:

$282,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$292,040
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dacia Films, Canal+ See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (movie extracts)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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